Texts Krishna Bhajans V


Text: S'rî Caitanya Mahâprabhu
Melody:  Anand Aadhar Prabhu
Singers: Anand Aadhar & Sakhya Devi
Duration: 6 min. 25




(the eight verses)


(Dm - G F)
ceto-darpana-mârjanam bhava
The hearts' reflection purifying,

(CI Dm )
-mahâ-dâvâgni-nirvâpanam     R
of matter extinguishing the fire,

the Blessing of white moonshine,

(Dm C GI)
vidyâ-vadhû-jîvanam     R
radiates the being married to the soul.

(G F)
ânandâmbudhi-vardhanam prati
A sea of happiness expands,

(CI Dm)
-padam pûrnâmritâsvâdanam     R
with each step nectar giving the taste,

sarvâtma-snapanam param vijayate
for all bathing the self in transcendence,

(Dm C GI)
s'rî-krishna-sankîrtanam     R
may there be Krishna's singing together,


(C GI Am Dm G II AmII)
nâmnâm akâri bahudhâ nija-sarva-s'aktis     R
Holy names manifested there many, all types of personal prowess,

(Dm GII Dm C)
tatrârpitâ niyamitah smarane na kâlah     R
given therein and limited, remembrance out of time!

etâdris'î tava kripâ bhagavan mamâpi     R
So enormous Your grace, o Lord although my

(Dm GII Dm C )
durdaivam îdris'am ihâ-jani nânurâgah     R
misery lies in the fact, not to be attached to that.


(AmI EmI)
trinâd api sunîcena     R
As grass treaded, still lower,

taror api sahishnunâ     R
as a tree as tolerant,

(F I Dm)
amâninâ mânadena     R
no false pride and the mind subdued,

(C G C)
kîrtanîyah sadâ harih     R
thus always I chant Your holy name!


(Am DmI Am)
na dhanam na janam na sundarîm     R
No riches, no followers, nor beauty,

(DmI Am GI Am)
kavitâm vâ jagad-îs'a kâmaye     R
the fruit, nor almighty I long for.

(Am DmI Am)
mama janmani janmanîs'vare     R
Birth after birth My Supreme Lord,

(DmI Am GIAm [C])
bhavatâd bhaktir ahaitukî tvayi     R
the service without desire to You.


(Am GI)
ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram     R
O My Lord, son of Nanda, your Servant,

(EmI G I Am)
patitam mâm vishame bhavâmbudhau     R
fell alas in the sea of ignorance.

(Am GI)
kripayâ tava pâda-pankaja     R
The causeless mercy of Your lotusfeet,

(EmI GIAm)
sthita-dhûlî-sadris'am vicintaya     R
place me there like some dirt as You please.


(AmIII G F Em)
nayanam galad-as'ru-dhârayâ     R
Eyes full tears, down in streams,

vadanam gadgada-ruddhayâ girâ     R
my words choked up in my mouth.

(AmIII G F Em)
pulakair nicitam vapuh kadâ     R
The hairs on my body stand on end,

tava nâma-grahane bhavishyati     R
when the singing of Your names takes place.


(Em Dm FI EmI )
yugâyitam nimeshena     R
An aeon takes me each moment,

(FI DmI EmI G 7)
cakshushâ prâvrshâyitam     R
my eyes crying like the rain.

(Em Dm FI EmI)
s'ûnyâyitam jagat sarvam     R
Complete empty seems the world,

(FI Dm Em G 7 [C])
govinda-virahena me     R
Govinda separated from You!


âs'lishya vâ pâda-ratâm pinashtu mâm     R
Embraced with joy down for Him, taking me over,

(GI AmI Dm Em F C )
adars'anân marma-hatâm karotu vâ     R
not to be seen, a broken heart, I let Him be.

yathâ tathâ vâ vidadhâtu lampato     R
The way He wants, He may proceed, me denied,

(GIAmI Dm Em F C)
mat-prâna-nâthas tu sa eva nâparah     R
For life my Lord, but Him alone, and no one else!


Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed His disciples to write books on the science of Krsna, a task which His followers have continued to carry out down to the present day. The elaborations and expositions on the philosophy taught by Lord Caitanya are, in fact, the most voluminous, exacting, and consistent, due to the system of disciplic succession. Although Lord Caitanya was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, He left only eight verses, called Siksâstaka. These eight verses clearly reveal His mission and precepts. These supremely valuable prayers are translated herein.


Glory to the sri-krsna-sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.


O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krsna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.


One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.


O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.


O son of Maharaja Nanda (Krsna), I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.


O my Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant Your holy name? When will my voice choke up, and when will the hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of Your name?


O Govinda! Feeling Your separations I am considering a moment to be like twelve years or more. Tears are flowing from my eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling all vacant in the world in Your absence.


I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally.


Text & Melody: S'rîla Bhaktivinoda Thhâkura
Arr.:  Anand Aadhar Prabhu
Singers: Anand Aadhar & Sakhya Devi
Duration: 7 min. 39


 (Gaura Ârati) 

The ceremony of worshiping Lord Gauranga

(from Gîtâvalî: Ârati Kîrtan 2)

(Eb Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Ab Cm Fm Bb Cm)



(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
(kiba) jaya jaya gorâcânder âratiko s'obhâ
All glories to Lord Gaura's beautiful ârati,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
jâhnavî-tatha-vane jaga-mano-lobhâ      R
at the banks of the Jâhnavi [Ganges] it attracts the minds everywhere.

Refrain 1):

(Fm Bb Cm) (2: Fm Ab Cm)
gauranger âratiko s'obhâ       R
Lord Gaura's beautiful ârati,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm) ( 2: Fm Eb Bb Cm)
gauranger âratiko s'obhâ, jaga-jana-mano-lobhâ     R
Lord Gaura's beautiful ârati, attracts the minds of the universe,

(Eb Fm Eb Bb Cm) (2: Cm Fm Eb Bb Cm)
nitaigaura haribol, haribol, haribol, haribol      R
sing of Nitai and Gauranga, sing the Lord His name.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
dakshine nitâi-când, vâme, gadâdhara
At Nitai's right side stands Gadâdhara,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
nikathe adwaita, s'rînivâsa chatra-dhara      R
left Advaita and Srinivâsa holds the umbrella.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
bosiyâche gorâcând ratna-simhâsane
|Caitanya is seated on a jeweled throne,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
ârati korena brahmâ-âdi deva-gane      R
and ârati is performed by the godly led by Brahmâ.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
narahari-âdi kori' câmara dhulâya
Narahari and others fan him with câmara's,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
san'jaya-mukunda-vâsu-ghos-âdi gâya      R
with Sanjaya, Mukunda and Vâsu singing sweet kîrtana.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
s'ankha bâje ghanthâ bâje bâje karatâla
Conchshells resound, bells are ringing , karatâla's are heard,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
madhura mridanga bâje parama rasâla      R
sweet plays the mrdanga, how supreme the mood.

Refrain 2)

(Fm Bb Cm) (2: Fm Ab Cm)
s'ankha bâje ghanthâ bâje     R
Conchshells resound, bells are ringing ,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm) ( 2: Fm Eb Bb Cm)
s'ankha bâje ghanthâ bâje, madhur madhur madhur bâje     R
Conchshells resound, bells are ringing , sweetly o so sweet it sings,

(Eb Fm Eb Bb Cm) (2: Cm Fm Eb Bb Cm)
nitaigaura haribol, haribol, haribol, haribol      R
sing of Nitai and Gauranga, sing the Lord His name.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
bahu-koti candra jini vadana ujjvala
The briliance of His face outshines millions of moons,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
gala-des'e vana-mâlâ kore jhalamala     R
and the garland around his neck radiates.


(C7 Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Bb Ab)
s'iva-s'uka-nârada preme gada-gada
Shiva, Suka and Nârada choked up in ecstatic love,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm)
bhakativinoda dekhe gorâra sampada     R
thus envisions Bhaktivinod the glory of Gaura.

Refrain l)

(Fm Bb Cm) (2: Fm Ab Cm)
gauranger âratiko s'obhâ       R
Lord Gaura's beautiful ârati,

(Eb Fm Bb Cm) ( 2: Fm Eb Bb Cm)
gauranger âratiko s'obhâ, jaga-jana-mano-lobhâ     R
Lord Gaura's beautiful ârati, attracts the minds of the universe,

(Eb Fm Eb Bb Cm) (2: Cm Fm Eb Bb Cm)
nitaigaura haribol, haribol, haribol, haribol      R
sing of Nitai and Gauranga, sing the Lord His name.

(Eb Ab Bb Cm Eb Cm Ab Cm Fm Bb Cm)



All glories, all glories to the beautiful ârati ceremony of Lord Caitanya.
This Gaura-ârati is taking place in a grove on the banks of the Jâhnavi
(Ganges) and is attracting the minds of all living entities in the universe.


On Lord Caitanya's right side is Lord Nityânanda and on His left is Sri
Gadâdhara. Nearby stands Sri Advaita, and Srivâsa Thâkura is holding an
umbrella over Lord Caitanya's head.


Lord Caitanya has sat down on a jeweled throne, and the demigods, 
headedby Lord Brahms, perform the ârati ceremony


Narahari Sarakâra and other associates of Lord Caitanya fan Him with
câmaras, and devotees headed by Sanjaya Pandita, Mukunda Datta, and
Vâsu Ghosa sing sweet kîrtana.


Conchshells, bells, and karatalas resound, and the mrdanga's play very
sweetly. This kîrtana music is supremely sweet and relish able to hear.


The brilliance of Lord Caitanya's face conquers millions upon millions of
moons, and the garland of forest flowers around His neck shines.


Lord Siva, Sukadeva Gosvâmi, and Nârada Muni are all there, and their
voices are choked with the ecstasy of transcendental love. Thus Thâkura
Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Sri Caitanya.


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